New Delhi: The Union Minister for Minority Affairs Dr. Najma Heptulla tendered her resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
President Pranab Mukherjee accepted their resignations as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Rashtrapati Bhawan Communique said. After accepting her resignation, President Pranab directed Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State to take over as Independent charge of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Heptulla was a member of the Modi cabinet since 2014. Under her, the ministry held the record for being able to spend 98% of the entire Plan Budget in 2015-16 on various schemes and programmes meant for the people of minority community.
Minister of State G.M. Siddeshwara too stepped down from his post today.
Babul Supriyo, is assigned the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. He will be relieved of charge of MoS in Ministry of Urban Development, and MoS in Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.
The development comes days after Prime Minister Modi, in a much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle, inducted 19 new faces, who were chosen after an exhaustive vetting process to carry forward the government’s vision of ‘Gaon, Garib aur Kisan’.
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